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WAMAS Tank of the Month

Christina & Jason
(Mexicanjavafish & Jasonthefilterfreak)

Congratulations to you Christina & Jason, on being selected tank of the month.

About the Tank

Experience in hobby

  • Hippo Tang
  • Orange Spot Blenny
  • Ocellaris clowns (mated pair)
  • Flame angel
  • I love them all.

How long have you been doing this?

Tina: about 2 years now, Jason: about 4 -5

Who in the hobby most influences you?

Tina: Jason got me in to the hobby. I pick up different styles and things that I like from just about every one in the hobby I meet, in a way, almost everyone has influenced me.

Tank setup and equipment

What is your maintenance schedule like?

Water changes every few months…test parameters if something looks weird. Emptying the skimmer cup and cleaning the glass with my mag float every few days. That's about it.

How much time do you spend weekly?

Maybe an hour or so...mostly just watching it.

  • Zoanthids & Palys
  • Softies
  • Some SPS
  • Mushrooms
  • Ricordea
  • I love Zoanthids of any kind!

Where do you keep your water parameters?

Wherever my fish and corals like it? I don't test.

What brand salt do you use?

Instant Ocean

What do you feed your fish and or corals?

Mysis every once in a while, and what ever pelleted food there is daily

How do you maintain calcium/alkalinity?

No, no, and nope

What type of lighting do you have and what schedule do you have them on?

It's a filter freak retro kit, consists of Icecap ballasts, end caps, and reflectors other than that all parts from radio shack, home depot, and auto zone.

What schedule do you have the lights on?

12 hrs on/12 hrs off

What kind of water flow do you have? How do you accomplish it?

The flow comes from 1 Algea Free Maxi 900 mod, 2 tunze nano stream 6055's, and a eheim 1262 return pump.

What are your future plans for improvement/upgrade of the tank?

In the near future I plan on upgrading to a 125g tank.

  • 4 Anemones
  • 2 Feather Dusters
  • 1 Fire Shrimp
  • 1 Serpent Star
  • 1 Maxima clam
  • 1 Fighting Conch
  • Hermit Crabs and Snails

What makes your setup special or unique?

Two college students with workaholic issues built and maintain it on a very minimal budget, also the tank is topped off with TAP WATER... unfiltered. Via an ato kit from autotopoff.com

If you had to start from scratch, would you do anything different?

I'd make sure the hood stays up. I mean I know I live 2 minutes from a hospital but I'd rather not frequent the ER with arm/head injuries thanks to a falling hood!

Do you have any advice for those folks whom are new to the hobby.

Go with your gut and if you still have questions, post it on wamas! It also doesn't hurt to have someone on call…haha Jason.


What are your other hobbies?

Christina: All things art. Singing, drawing, painting, anything. Biking with Jason.
Jason: mountain biking, breaking my wrist while biking.

Who would you most like to meet past present or future?

Christina: There are so many people I'd love to meet.
Jason: Future me with the winning lotto numbers

Why did you choose the screen name you did?

Christina: I'm Mexican (half), I work for starbucks, and I'm like a fish….or a mermaid.
Jason: Had a couple of cannister filters, an in tank aquaclear powerhead filter, and some air driven sponge filters... I thought I had the baddest filter set up ever...

What is the last book you read?

Christina: Change of Heart by Jodi Picoult…she's a really great author.
Jason: Inca Gold by Clive Cussler

Scotch or burbon?

Christina…..19? Jason: Amaretto

Things I wish I knew 6 years ago:

Christina and Jason: That this existed as a hobby and not just at the aquarium? I don't know many 13 year olds that could handle this sort of thing.